Jan. 9, 2007
Albany, N.Y. - Loyola freshman guard Brett Harvey hit a three-pointer and junior forward Michael Tuck scored on a conventional three-point play on consecutive possessions to snap a 78-78 tie in overtime and help the Greyhounds to a 94-87 overtime conference victory Tuesday night over Siena at the Times Union Center.
The win was the fourth straight in MAAC play for Loyola and moved them into a tie for first place with Marist and Siena at 4-1, teams the Greyhounds have collected victories over. Loyola is now 8-6 overall, the same record as Siena.
The six straight points to give the Greyhounds the lead in overtime were part of a 13-3 run to build a 91-81 advantage with just over a minute left in the extra session. Tuck scored seven of his 15 points during the stretch.
"Siena is an excellent team and we were lucky to win," Greyhounds third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "I love playing in this arena - it's the best arena in the league; it's like an NBA arena. To be 4-1 [in the league] is great."
Trailing by five at 71-66 with 4:46 remaining, Loyola scored eight of the final 11 points to tie the game and sent it to overtime. Senior forward Josko Alujevic his three-pointer with 4:19 left to get the Greyhounds within two points and Tuck gave Loyola the lead with a three of his own with 3:07 remaining. Saints freshman Edwin Ubiles answered with a three-pointer to give Siena the lead again at 74-72 with 2:51 left, junior forward Gerald Brown grabbed a defensive rebound and beat everyone up the floor for an uncontested lay-up to tie the game at 74 with 1:26 remaining.
Brown grabbed another defensive rebound of a Siena miss with 54 seconds left, but turned the ball over back to the Saints. Following a Siena time out, senior guard Shane James stripped sophomore guard Kenny Hasbrouck at the top of the key and Brown missed a jumped and the ball fell harmlessly out of bounds as the horn sounded.
"We're 4-1 - it means a lot because we have shown we can compete with the big boys," Patsos commented. "We're 4-1, Marist is 4-1 and they're [Siena] 4-1 and that's a nice place to be."
Brown finished the game with 33 points for his second time in three games to equal his career-best and lead five Greyhounds in double figures. He also equaled his career-high with eight rebounds. Tuck grabbed nine rebounds to go along with his 15 points. Alujevic and Harvey each scored 13 with Harvey's total establishing a career-high. Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan finished the double-digit quintet with 10.
For Siena, Hasbrouck led the way with 29 points. Senior forward Michael Haddix added 23 and a game-high 12 rebounds and freshman Edwin Ubiles scored 17.
"To win the league, you need a good one-two punch and in Hasbrouck and Haddix, Siena has a good tandem," Patsos said. "There were times we could not stop them, but we dug deep and found a way to get some stops when we needed them."
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena Friday night to host Niagara. Game time is slated for 7 o'clock.